POST SURGERY INSTRUCTION
It is important for your child’s safety that you follow these instructions carefully. Failure to follow these instructions could result in unnecessary complications.
ACTIVITIES: DO NOT plan or permit activities for your child after treatment. Allow your child to rest. Closely supervise any activity for the remainder of the day. Your child should be closely watched for signs of breathing difficulty and carefully secured in a car seat or seat belt during transportation. Do not let your child sleep with his or her chin bent forward toward their chest.
DRINKING or EATING after TREATMENT: It is not uncommon for children to experience nausea and vomiting after surgery. After treatment, the first drink should be plain water or anything given by medical staff at the hospital. Clear liquids can be given next (fruit juice, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, ginger ale, soup broth, etc). Small drinks taken repeatedly are preferable to taking large amounts. Soft, bland food may be taken when desired (mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, pudding, ice cream, popsicles, etc).
RECOMMENDED MEDICINE: If your child has safely taken Tylenol or Motrin in the past we recommend using the over the counter medication as directed on the bottle to control any discomfort.
TEMPERATURE ELEVATION: Your child’s temperature may be elevated up to 101° F (38°C) for the first 24 hours after treatment. Tylenol every 4 hours or Motrin every 6 hours and fluids alleviate this condition. Temperature above 101°F (38°C) is cause to notify DR Mourady.
EXTRACTIONS: If your child had teeth removed, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Do NOT let your child spit forcefully, as this will cause more bleeding. In order to not disturb the blood clot, do NOT use a straw to drink for the first 24 hours or swish vigorously.
DENTAL FILLINGS: After the placement of dental fillings (white or silver), teeth may often be sensitive to hot, cold and pressure for a brief period of time. It is not uncommon for recently filled teeth to require several weeks to feel “normal” again.
Stainless Steel Crowns Your child’s teeth have been covered with a stainless steel crown which has been shaped to fit the tooth, cover it completely and strengthen the tooth thereby allowing your child to maintain that tooth until it naturally falls out. The gum tissue surrounding the tooth may appear to be bleeding. This is normal! When preparing your child’s tooth for a crown, it is necessary to fit the crown closely to the gum tissue, resulting in some hemorrhaging and bruising of the tissue. Following placement of the crowns some parents will notice a purple or gray color around the gums; this is also normal and will subside over time.
SEEK ADVICE: In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911.
If any of the following problems arise, call Kids First Dental. If for some reason your call is not promptly answered or you feel your child needs immediate attention, call the emergency department at your local hospital:
· If vomiting persists beyond four (4) hours
· If the temperature remains elevated beyond 24 hours or goes above 101°F (38°C)
In the event of a dental emergency or questions after surgery please contact our office at 720-763-9020 and follow the instructions on voicemail regarding a dental emergency.